The Brisbane Drink Driving Lawyer team achieved an excellent outcome at Pine Rivers Magistrates Court recently.
Our client was involved in a 3 car pile up after which she provided a blood alcohol concentration reading of 0.202.
The collision also resulted in damage to the surrounding street signs and infrastructure.
Our client contacted us immediately after the accident but before she had been formally charged.
This allowed us to negotiate an appropriate charge with Police at the outset.
Whilst we do have success in negotiating the reduction of pre-existing charges in instances where clients have contacted us after having been charged, we always recommend clients contact us before giving statements to Police, or participating in Police interviews, so we can ensure the most appropriate charge is applied at the outset.
A stitch in time saves nine.
We achieved a 7 month licence disqualification and a modest fine for our client.
We were also successful in persuading the Magistrate not to record a conviction.
In Queensland, readings of 0.150 and above constitute high range drink driving, which for a first time offence carries a licence disqualification range from a minimum 6 months to a maximum lifetime loss of licence.
Persons charged with high range drink driving are not eligible to apply for a work licence.
With a previous conviction within the last 5 years, the penalty range, depending upon the previous reading, ranges from a minimum 9 months if the previous was low or mid range, through to a minimum 12 months if the previous was high range, with the same maximum lifetime loss of licence as a first time high range offence.